Israeli Companies Mess Up Drone Deal With Colombia

Israeli companies have tried to sell drones to Colombia, but squabbling between them resulted in the Colombian government withdrawing the tender.

Amid price undercutting, and televised accusations that Elbit Systems bribed Colombian officials, the process seems to have fallen apart. That even after a General in the Israeli Defense Forces visited Colombia twice to try to patch things up. General Udi Shani even offered to make the deal a government to government deal, to ensure that problems would be sorted out.

Showing just how integrated Israeli arms companies are with the Israeli government, former Israeli Finance director general Amos Yaron was quoted in Good Morning Colombia as saying:  “Our defense industries waste too much money competing against each other.” Yaron has previously forced Elbit and IAI to work together on a contract to supply UAVs to Turkey.

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